Marc Sergeant, the manager of Predictor-Lotto, announced several transfers to and from his team for the 2008 season while at the Circuit Franco-Belge on Friday. According to La Dernière Heure, Sergeant said that the team will be losing Preben Van Hecke, Nick Ingels, Pieter Mertens, Tom Steels (Landbouwkrediet), Josep Juffre, Stefano Zanini and Fred Rodriguez (Rock & Republic) at the end of the year.
There was good news for Olivier Kaisen, who was offered a contract extension. "He is young, he learns well and moreover, already has one victory," explained Sergeant.
"We must still discuss the program, but obviously, (the team) counts on me for the races at the beginning of season," said Kaisen.
Joining Predictor-Lotto for 2008 is Yaroslav Popovych and Volodimir Bileka (Discovery Channel), Maarten Tjallingii (Skil-Shimano), Gorik Gardeyn and Pieters Jacobs (Unibet.com) as well as neo-pros Francis De Greef and Jurgen Roelandts. Sergeant indicated that the team is currently negotiating with Chris Horner to remain with the squad for 2008.